Community Garden taking shape thanks to volunteers of all ages

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On a gloriously sunny day, Leighton Linslade in Bloom Pages Park Community Garden group invited children from local schools to come along and plant bulbs. A number of children came along, all well equipped with gloves and trowels.

Volunteers from In Bloom were on hand to show them how different bulbs need to be planted at different depths.

Spokesman Rowan Hastwell said: “In no time at all, with the help of parents and grandparents, they had planted hundreds of bulbs. The children will be able to see them in their full glory next Spring. They did a wonderful job and enjoyed a well deserved treat.

“The community garden volunteers have been very busy. A very large amount of manure was spread by some hardy souls in September.

“It was rotovated in by a volunteer from the Rotary Club of Leighton Buzzard – this was such a huge help, greatly improving the soil and adding to the support the Rotary have given the garden financially.

“A number of planting days were then organised and virtually all the plants that could be planted before the winter are now in the ground. Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre has given us invaluable advice, support and a nursery for the plants until they could be taken to the garden.

“Leighton-Linslade Town Council, in particular the groundsmen, have helped in numerous ways from transporting plants, helping to spread manure to setting up a watering system. This has made all the hard work so much easier.

“Thank you to all concerned for helping to transform a design on paper into a garden that we hope the community will enjoy as it grows and develops.”